Posted by: Whit Walker
Matthews Police Detectives are seeking suspects in a rash of catalytic converter thefts. Since March, 24 catalytic converters have been stolen in the Town of Matthews. In one incident, 12 trucks located at a business, had converters removed illegally.
The theft of catalytic converters appears to be a trend in our metropolitan area. With no identifying marks it is difficult to recover the items as well as arrest suspects who may or may not be in possession of the converters.
Additionally, the value of the converters has risen because they are composed of platinum and other precious metals that make them sellable to scrap metal recycling facilities.
Some local exhaust/muffler dealers will now engrave identifying numbers on the converters upon request. "Having identifying numbers on your converter will aid us once we make an arrest or locate stolen property. It is a precaution that we would encourage people to do," Matthews Police Capt. Carla Thompson said.